new opening in fireplace?
Very much not an expert here, but a few thoughts come to mind.
First, have you checked into codes and permits to see how much of this you can legally do yourself?
Second, you want two sides open and a third made of glass? I don't know if that is possible or not but it looks like you have an awful lot of bricks to hold up with very little support.
Third, In your current situation, the fire is pretty much built against the back of the firebox. If glass were even possible, I assume the fire would have to be much farther away from it for safely reasons. It wouldn't surprise me to find you need a much deeper firebox and therefore footprint. If it is fixed glass you want, as opposed to glass doors, who gets to crawl through and clean the inside?
It seems to me, by the time you deal with supporting the existing brick, trying to get the old firebox out, and forcing a new one in, you just might have an easier time of it demo-ing the whole thing and starting from scratch.
Final thought: Considering you are literally playing with fire, will your homeowners insurance pay if you DIY and something bad happens?
Last edited by Blondesense; 10-06-2009 at 02:11 PM.